Annual Performances & Productions


USO Halloween Concert

Each year USO Director Barbara Schubert brings together the University Symphony Orchestra and the Hyde Park School of Dance for a haunted and harmonious Halloween concert. Enhanced by costumes, storytelling, and special effects – including a distinctive, thematic entrance by the costumed conductor – this family-friendly concert includes great orchestral masterpieces, unusual treasures of the repertoire, and even an occasional pops medley!  Halloween concert themes include “Dangerous Women,” “Cosmic Adventures,” “1001 Arabian Nights,” and “The Wild, Wild West," among others. This family-friendly event’s two performances always fill up, so plan on showing up early—and in costume! 

Annual Messiah Performance

The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, as performed by the combined University of Chicago choirs, is a beloved Hyde Park holiday tradition. A masterpiece replete with poignant arias and exuberant choruses, Messiah is a musical celebration of Christ’s birth and divinity, and an oratorio of resounding vocal beauty and grace. Presented in the magnificent acoustic of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, this annual program marks a lovely way to begin the winter season.

The 2016 Messiah performance will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00pm in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

Annual Gilbert & Sullivan Production

The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and the Department of Music join together each spring to showcase the legendary musicality and wit of William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Presenting fully-staged productions in Hyde Park since 1960, the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company is devoted to the promotion and performance of the musical arts through the presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s delightful operatic oeuvre. Featuring the Department’s own Chamber Orchestra as the pit orchestra, recent productions have includedThe Sorcerer, The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, and H.M.S. Pinafore. The 2017 production of Iolanthe will be presented March 10-12, 2017 in Mandel Hall.

Iolanthe; or, The Peer and the Peri 
Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 2:00pm

Mandel Hall - 1131 E. 57th Street

Electoral politics ... and fairies? Why not? Regarded by many as Gilbert and Sullivan's finest and most perfect collaboration, Iolanthe, drops England's House of Peers - Lord Chancellor included - into the middle of a Hans Christian Anderson-inspired forest enchanted by fairies and ruled by a no-nonsense Fairy Queen. When Strephon, son of the beloved eponymous fairy Iolanthe, is spurned in his affections for his shepherdess love Phyllis by the Lord Chancellor and his House of Peers, the fairies take their revenge - by sending Strephon into Parliament as a Fairy Member!

Featuring Gilbert and Sullivan at the height of their creative powers, both the libretto and score are somehow just as infectious and relevant today as when originally conceived nearly 140 years ago. Highlighted by the most difficult patter song in the canon and a glorious featured male ensemble, Iolanthe has long been revered in the United Kingdom as on par with The Mikado as one of the best and most popular works of operetta ever produced by the Savoy.

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$25 General / $5 Student
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